NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- In a document that it plans to file with the Federal Communications Commission, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT : Microsoft Corporation disputes the agency's findings that prototype devices, designed to connect consumers to high-speed Internet over unused television airwaves, either interfered with TV signals or could not detect them to avoid interference, The Washington Post reports in its Monday edition.
The filing is Microsoft's latest attempt to get FCC commissioners to approve a plan that would let a new generation of portable wireless devices connect to the Internet without relying on existing wireless carriers. The devices in question, which were designed and made by Microsoft, would use vacant TV airwaves to carry Internet service. The airwaves will be available when TV broadcasters move to digital signals in early 2009, according to the Post. The FCC plans to hold a meeting Thursday to discuss testing options for white-space devices.
In the document that it plans to file, Microsoft disputes the agency's recent findings that prototype devices either interfered with TV signals or could not detect them to avoid interference, the Post said. Microsoft's first prototype was defective, but the firm said another model worked successfully in a demonstration it gave to the FCC last week.